Ohio State standout Zach Mason has been selected as the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I men’s soccer becoming the second Buckeye in as many years to receive the award. Mason follows 2014 winner Alex Ivanov as the second consecutive Buckeye to win the Senior CLASS Award for men’s soccer, marking the first time since the 2001 inception of the award that students from the same university have earned back-to-back awards in the same sport.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student in 10 NCAA sports and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition. The award for men’s soccer is chosen by a vote of Division I men’s soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans and is given annually to the most outstanding senior student in Division I men’s soccer.
Off the pitch, Mason also dedicated himself to classroom and community success. En route to a bachelor’s degree in operations management, Mason has earned two Academic All-Big Ten honors, two Big Ten Distinguished Scholar nods and one NSCAA All-East Scholar recognition. He also participated in the 2015 Buckeye Go Pro Summer Internship program as a way of developing his professional leadership and career skills.
Mason’s top-tier reputation extends beyond the Ohio State athletic department, as well, where he has established himself as one of the most dedicated and responsible athletes throughout the conference. Named the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner in 2014, the 5’9” Galena, Ohio, native is known as a tremendous leader who exemplifies the best qualities of a student and has a positive influence on his teammates. Also demonstrating a genuine concern for those in the community, Mason has served with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and with local youth soccer teams.
With this honor, Mason becomes the third Ohio State student to be honored as a Senior CLASS Award winner behind Ivanov and James Laurinaitis, who was voted as the football award winner in 2008.
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